Martina was born in the Czech Republic. She came to England to study illustration in 1997, and since then has written and illustrated a number of children’s books. Alongside her delicate illustration work, Martina continues to explore and develop her already accomplished life drawing skills.
Martina has exhibited her artwork widely in exhibitions and galleries, as well as being published in magazines.
Click read more below for more gallery images of our current solo show with Kumar Saraff…
We are showcasing a new maker, Barry Stedman, alongside our current exhibition with painter Kumar Saraff.
Barry makes slab-built or hand thrown and altered pieces using stunning, vibrant colours and strong mark making.
‘My ceramics are influenced by the drawings that I make in places that I find interesting and inspiring. I like to explore exciting relationships between colour, texture and form, motivated by light and atmosphere. I work with strong, simple forms often in series exploring a particular theme thrown up by a place, a drawing or a memory. I try to make the work feel fresh, spontaneous and full of energy. I usually work with red earthenware clay, painted, scratched and marked with coloured slips, stains and oxides.’
Barry studied ceramics at the University of Westminster and has been a studio assistant to Edmund de Waal since graduating. He is a professional member of the Craft Potters Association and Contemporary Applied Arts. He has shown his work extensively and is a regular exhibitor at Ceramic Art London (RCA), Earth & Fire (Rufford) and Art in Clay (Hatfield House).
Using materials from our shop, Katherine has put together a wonderful window display. Matisse was incredibly skilled, using large draper scissors to deftly cut intricate, flowing shapes. Of course you could colour your paper with gouache as Matisse did, but we also sell large sheets of poster paper in his vibrant colours along with small collage packs. It doesn’t have to be on a grand scale, why not make tiny, miniature Matisse cut-outs as Katherine did when she was planning the display.
NEW titles on Matisse are available too, including the sumptuous Tate exhibition catalogue ‘Henri Matisse. The Cut-Outs’ £29.99 paperback/ £35 hardback.
Favourites of ours are Harriet Russell’s series of books journeying into the imagination, Marti Guixe’s quirky colouring books and William Wondriska’s titles with innovative graphics. Read more about them on our online shop.
‘There was a surprise for us on the first day of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2014: we were awarded the Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publishers of the Year in Europe. A wonderful prize, especially important because it is the publishers participating in the fair who choose the winner, people who love books and who, like us, know the work that goes into each one. A team made up of writers, craftsmen, artists, booksellers and collaborators, especially important because they put an essential feeling into what they do: passion’ (Corraini Editions)
Pop by and see lots of spring new titles that have just arrived for children and grown-ups…
To mark the centenary of Dylan Thomas’s birth…
Acclaimed for its eccentricity and admired for its lovelorn lyricism, Dylan Thomas’s groundbreaking 1954 ‘play for voices’, Under Milk Wood, has long echoed in the imagination of the founding father of British Pop Art, Sir Peter Blake.
Revealed here for the very first time alongside Thomas’s play text are 120 watercolours, pencil portraits and collages, absolutely one of Blake’s most distinctive and significant bodies of work.
We have here two of the bindings for sale, designed by Libanus Press and published by Enitharmon Editions: The Regular edition, in its first printing of 2,500 unnumbered paperback copies (£30), and the rare De Luxe edition of 100 clothbound copies, each accompanied by a signed original print by Peter Blake (£950).